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Staten Island (film)

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Staten Island
Film poster
Directed byJames DeMonaco
Written byJames DeMonaco
Produced byLuc Besson
Pascal Cauchetaux
Sebastien Lemercier
Pierre-Ange Le Pogam
StarringEthan Hawke
Vincent D'Onofrio
Seymour Cassel
CinematographyChris Norr
Edited byHervé de Luze
Christel Dewynter
Music byFrédéric Verrières
Distributed byEuropaCorp
Release dates
Running time
96 minutes
United States

Staten Island (also known as Little New York) is a 2009 crime film written and directed by James DeMonaco[1] in his directorial debut. It stars Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Seymour Cassel as three Staten Islanders whose lives intersect through a crime. Following a very limited theatrical run in New York City, it was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in December 2009.


A Staten Island mob boss Parmie (D'Onofrio) is robbed by a septic tank cleaner named Sully (Hawke), who is friends with Jasper (Cassel), a deaf deli employee moonlighting as a corpse chopper for Parmie.


Critical reception

On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 25% based on reviews from 8 critics.[2][3] The New York Times critic praised the director James DeMonaco for "adroitly weaving violence, absurdity and sentiment, even an environmental consciousness, into a modest, appealing fable",[4] while the reviewer from The New York Daily News blamed him for "wasting a strong cast in silly roles".[5]


  1. ^ "Staten Island". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved July 4, 2016.
  2. ^ "Staten Island (Little New York) (2009)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved March 11, 2021.
  3. ^ "Staten Island Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 11, 2021.
  4. ^ Webster, Andy (November 20, 2009). "Movie Reviews – Staten Island". The New York Times. Retrieved March 11, 2021.
  5. ^ Neumaier, Joe; Weitzman, Elizabeth (November 19, 2009). "Short movie reviews". The New York Daily News. Retrieved March 11, 2021.
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